Marybeth J. MacPhee

A headshot of Professor Marybeth MacPhee
Marybeth J. MacPhee, Ph.D.Interim Chair and Professor of Public Health, Department of Public Health

Contact Information

x5407mmacphee@rwu.eduGHH 305


B.A. Wellesley College M.A., Ph.D. University of Arizona

The central focus of Dr. MacPhee’s work is the interaction of mind, body, and environment. Her research and teaching combines perspectives from the fields of public health, cultural anthropology, sociology, and rural development. Her current research explores the ways that culture, community, and sense of place shape subjective experience and health practices in rural Scotland. Past research includes studies on the influence of embodied experience on maternal-child health promotion practices in rural Morocco, and cultural interpretations of anti-retroviral medication among gay men living with HIV and AIDS in the United States. Dr. MacPhee is an active member of the Bristol Health Equity Zone and on the planning committee for the Rhode Island Health in All Policies Conference.

Select Publications and Presentations:

Faculty Leadership in Community Engagement for Undergraduates. Nov 2017 (paper) American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, DC.

Intersections of Community and Wellbeing in Rural Scotland. April 2016 (paper) Society for Applied Anthropology meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Healthy Places by Design - Integrating Social, Behavioral and Environmental Determinants in Community Health Strategies. February 2014 (paper) Berlin School of Public Health and Chiba University (Japan) joint graduate symposium on Prevention, Child Health, and the Environment - Epidemiological and Social Perspectives. Charitè Medical School, Berlin, Germany.

Consulting External Partners in Starting an Undergraduate Public Health Program. November 2013 (poster), ASPPH Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit, Boston. Co-authors: Dr. Kerri Warren and Dr. Tom Sorger, RWU Department of Biology.

Quality of Life and Encounters of Place. June 2013 (paper) International Conference: Encounters and engagements, creating new agendas for medical anthropology, Tarragona, Spain.

Reflections on Quality of Life and Community-Owned Land in the Changing Social Environment of a Hebridean Island. May 2013 (invited speaker) Department of Anthropology Seminar Series, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland UK.

Vulnerability and the Art of Protection: Embodiment and Health Care in Moroccan Households, 2012 Carolina Academic Press.

Traveling the Uncharted Path of Leadership in Federal Anthropology in Practicing Anthropology, 27(3):25-28, Summer 2005.  Co-authors: S. Heurtin-Roberts and C. Foster.

Emotional Intelligence and Staff Training in After-School Environments, in New Directions for Youth Development 2004 (103):71-83, Co-authored with Michelle Seligson. (Previous version published as working paper No. 402, Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Centers for Research, 2001).

The Weight of the Past in the Experience of Health: Time, Embodiment, and Cultural Change in Morocco in Ethos, 32(3):374-396, 2004.

Medicine for the Heart: The Embodiment of Faith in Morocco, in Medical Anthropology, 22:53-83, 2003.

Courses taught:

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Global Health
Ethical Practices in Public Health
Medical Anthropology
Community in Theory and Practice